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  1. It's that time again! Montblanc writers edition 2013: Honore de Balzac Dandy Turquoise has landed. A bit to early for a full review, but some initial thoughts and photos below. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5469/9353641584_730e95024f_z.jpgMontblanc Honore de Balzac Dandy Turquoise by Bigeddie100, on Flickr Let me begin by complaining: It is hot. >30c but still I soldered out in the sweltering heat to Birmingham to find it. The boutique received 4 bottles, they now have two left for those who are interested. Availability of MB LE inks seems to be low at first but will ramp up within a few months. On top of the heat and travelling woes, my scanner hated this colour, without tinkering with it until it was beyond recognition I could not get it to show any kind of vibrancy that the ink has on paper. As a result photos will have to suffice for now. Discussion of the pen is on the MB forum here. I was interested to learn that Balzac's works have been censored by the Vatican, Russian Federation, Spain, Canada and US as late as 1953. Interesting choice MB, makes me want to read them! On to the ink: Packaging is the same style as the previous writers edition incarnations, 35ml glass bottles, quite heavy / thick for their size. The Identity number on the bottom is 109356. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5321/9353649116_240a1e10e4_z.jpgMontblanc Honore de Balzac Dandy Turquoise by Bigeddie100, on Flickr http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5459/9353652326_e766ecd431_z.jpgMontblanc Honore de Balzac Dandy Turquoise by Bigeddie100, on Flickr Use: It has been my experience that most Montblanc inks (pre-2010 excluded) perform very well, this ink seems to be no exception. The ink flows and lubricates quite nicely, on the wet side of average. Colour is very similar to the aquamarine safari. Shading is present, but not excessive due to the light colour. No evidence of feathering but some bleed through on the copy paper, less so than the MB Diamond, about the same as MB Royal Blue which is generally quite good. Water fastness is low to non-existent. Rhodia: http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2809/9350885527_810e9182c8_z.jpgMontblanc Honore de Balzac Dandy Turquoise by Bigeddie100, on Flickr 90gsm Copy paper: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7329/9353665658_1aa5e78d0b_z.jpgMontblanc Honore de Balzac Dandy Turquoise by Bigeddie100, on Flickr (bleed on copy paper) http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2822/9353667464_db1b57a18c_z.jpgMontblanc Honore de Balzac Dandy Turquoise by Bigeddie100, on Flickr http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3822/9353659130_6734aa5f1d_z.jpgMontblanc Honore de Balzac Dandy Turquoise by Bigeddie100, on Flickr Conclusion: I like it, one of those colours that won't be used for writing much though. As an alt colour it will serve me well against pretty much everything that I would use to write. I will be stocking up on the swift before MB runs out for writing purposes though http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3786/9353656986_041e5e4cdc_z.jpgMontblanc Honore de Balzac Dandy Turquoise by Bigeddie100, on Flickr http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3747/9350876867_074968b0bb_z.jpgMontblanc Honore de Balzac Dandy Turquoise by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
  2. Hi All, Montblanc recently introduced the new Writers Edition 2013 collection, honouring the French writer Honoré de Balzac, and the Heritage Collection 1912. The Writers Edition pens are expected in August/September and the Heritage Collection 1912 will arrive at our store in approximately one or two weeks. Those who reserve their pens with our store now, will receive a wonderful Montblanc gift set with their pen(s) ... You won't be sorry when you have reserved your pen with us!!! Click on the links below for more info on the pens. Writers Edition 2013: http://www.lacouronneducomte.nl/webstore/main/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=montblanc+balzac Heritage Collection 1912: http://www.lacouronneducomte.nl/webstore/main/montblanc-heritage-collection-1912-fountain-limited-edition-p-4730.html Best regards, Dennis van de Graaf La Couronne du Comte

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